We finished our last day of our work project on Friday afternoon. It was a good feeling putting away the last paintbrush and roller, knowing that we had completed our goal. We had also spent some time organizing the backpacks, toys, and school supplies that we are handing out at our evangelism project.
On Saturday we were able to spend the day in town as our sightseeing day. We started the morning by going to a couple of “tourist” shops for Filipino souvenirs. We then took the team to the mall for their choice of McDonalds or Jollibees. Braden Anderson came with me to try the “Aloha Champ Burger” at Jollibees that I had been raving about. Let’s just say he was not disappointed with the ginormous burger that they have. We then proceeded to a street with little shacks that we were able to do some more shopping. Afterwards, we loaded up to go to downtown, historical Butuan City. We were able to cross a somewhat newly built suspension bridge and then walk down to a free national museum. It was a little bit of a walk but well worth it as we had fun along the way. We finished the day off with some iced coffee at Bo’s Coffee Shop. The kids were able to buy all kinds of coffee and smoothies as well as cheesecake and other assortments. What a day. 🙂
It was sad to think that we have already seen our last Sunday in the Philippines go by. It was a fun church service and Collin Saffly was able to share a testimony. The music was good and we really enjoyed spending time with the pastor.
Today (Monday) we started our children’s evangelism portion of our project. We started the morning by going to a far out village and do an open-air presentation. It was a blast as we did puppets, balloons, music, and games. We then ate our lunch in town at the ministry base that we are working with. We worked on our verses and skits as we waited for the truck to come back with the kids from the surrounding village. We did another presentation, handed out the backpacks and toys, and ate snacks with them. We wrapped up the day back at TMI base and enjoyed our time as a team. It’s sad to think that in a couple of weeks we will all be heading back to where we came from.
We also are able to share in the experience of traveling like a true missionary. We recently found out that the ferry does NOT travel back to Cebu on Saturdays so we moved our travel day up one day. That allows us to plan for a fun day of shopping and relaxation in Cebu before we travel to Singapore and then eventually back to Florida.
We truly appreciate the prayers that you lift up to God for us. We are ALL learning new things and God continues to show more to us daily. There are little things that we sometimes take for granted such as safety, weather, and travel that are all under God’s care.
In Christ’s love,
The Philippines Team
“Working with the children is very inspiring. I’m looking forward to finishing off the summer working with the children.” – Collin Saffly
“This experience has brought my relationship with Christ stronger. Seeing the children give their heart so willingly has shown me that I can do the same.” – Courtney Case
“I love seeing the faces of the kid’s as we go and present to them. I loved serving the Lord with our work project but I’m also glad to be working with the children now.” -Aleyna Lewis
“Serving the Lord through the work project and children has been great so far and I know it will continue to be great.” – Braden Anderson